Intended Audience

Who should attend this workshop? 
This workshop is intended for early career faculty who are eligible to submit a CAREER proposal in July 2024, per the current NSF Program Page. Specifically, the workshop is intended for faculty that:

  1. Hold a doctoral degree in a field supported by NSF;
  2. Are engaged in research in an area of science, engineering, or education supported by NSF;
  3. Hold at least a 50% tenure-track (or tenure-track-equivalent) position as an assistant professor (or equivalent title);
  4. Are untenured; and
  5. Have not previously received a CAREER award. 


Is there a deadline to register? 
Yes, the deadline to register for the workshop is Wednesday, March 20, 2024 at 5:00 PM, ET.

Is there a registration fee?
There is no fee to participate in Days 1 and 3 of the workshop. Participants that are selected for the Mock Panel Review session on Day 2 will be required to pay a $160 registration fee. Registration stipends will be made available for a limited number of faculty from low-resourced institutions. 

Click here to register for the 2024 NSF ENG CAREER Proposal Workshop. 


Where will the workshop take place?
The workshop will take place in Zoom and on the Whova platform. The workshop will be 100% virtual. 

What dates and times will the workshop be held?
The workshop agenda is located on this website. All sessions listed are in Eastern Time (ET). 

Will the workshop be recorded?
Days 1 and 3 of the workshop will be recorded. Recordings will be shared with participants and posted on this website. The Mock Panel Review session on Day 2 will not be recorded. 


Are there required pre- or post-workshop assignments? 
Prior to the workshop, we encourage all participants to create profiles in the Whova and connect with other participants. Additionally, we encourage participants to watch pre-recorded videos ahead of the workshop, which will be posted in the Whova portal. There are no required post-workshop assignments. 

What happens if I miss a session?
Participants may attend Day 1 and Day 3 of the workshop as their schedules allow and will not be penalized if they are unable to attend all the sessions. The selected Mock Panel Review session participants will be asked to attend the session in full.  

How many participants are expected?
Day 1 and Day 3 of this workshop can accommodate up to 1,000 participants. The Mock Panel session is limited to 300 participants. 

Mock Panel Review Session


How do I apply for the Mock Panel Review session?
There is no separate form or process needed to apply for the Mock Panel Review session. Participants will be selected using data collected through the workshop registration form. Selection criteria for the Mock Panel Review session will include biosketch information, applicability of research or proposal area(s), and completeness of the registration form.


When will I find out if I have been selected? 
Participants will be notified of their status by Friday, April 12, 2024. Accepted individuals must confirm their participation by Wednesday, April 17, 2024. 

Are there required pre- or post-session assignments? 
Yes, before the session, participants must read all the provided CAREER proposals that will be utilized during the session and write individual reviews for each of the proposals. During the session, for each proposal, each reviewer assigned to discuss the proposal will be asked to provide a brief summary of the proposal followed by his/her/their critique. The panel will then begin the discussion of the proposal.

Should I also attend Day 1 and 3 of the workshop?
Yes, we encourage Mock Panel Review session participants to attend the full workshop. 

Will my NSF CAREER proposal be reviewed during this session?
No, the Mock Panel Review session will review several previously vetted NSF CAREER proposals. These proposals were submitted to NSF and have been awarded or declined. The PI names and institutions associated with the proposals have been redacted.

What if none of the proposals to be reviewed are relevant to my research or area of expertise?
We encourage participants to focus on a general review of how well the proposal presents components that address the solicitation guidelines, like the integration of research and education and Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts, as opposed to focusing on the scientific details of the proposal.

Why is there a $160 registration fee for this session? 
This registration fee will offset the cost of additional administrative and staffing support needed to effectively host and facilitate this session. 

Is financial assistance available if I am unable to pay this fee?
Yes, we offer a registration stipend for those who are unable to pay this fee. To request a registration stipend, please contact us at